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The Best Places for a Family Holiday with Golf

This week’s blog is a guide to the best places for you to enjoy your family holiday with some fantastic golf on the side. With the Easter holidays fast approaching we are getting to that time of the year where you should be thinking about your family holiday for this year and this is the perfect place for you to start with some fantastic options and great deals to explore…

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First on our list of suggestions is the Holiday Polynesia Hotel which is a great four-star hotel with extensive facilities on the Costa del Sol. The hotel is just under a five minutes’ walk from the beach and features a lagoon-style pool as well as their facilities (including a waterpark!) at the beach club which is open during the summer months. All of the rooms here are decorated with an oriental theme and come with a hob and a microwave which means that although self-catering would be limited, it is possible. However, the hotel does boast a range of restaurants for you to choose from including the Maeva buffet restaurant and Uro Wok which serves oriental cuisine. With plenty of leisure facilities including tennis courts, mini-golf, a cinema and a spa with a separate children’s area this is a superb destination for your next family holiday and with many golf courses within close proximity of the hotel you will get your golf fix too…

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Next up we have La Manga Club Las Lomas Village in Murcia where guests are offered well-furnished apartments that have been built into the hillside here and feature stunning views of the golf courses and out to sea. There are a wide range of different accommodation options here which makes this resort perfect for your next family holiday as you can tailor your holiday to what you and your family want. The village offers a wide range of facilities from the mini-market to tennis courts to a wide range of restaurants for you to enjoy but there is always the option of self-catering in your apartment. There are multiple pools on the resort including specific children’s areas and an extensive spa that everyone can enjoy. This is a super resort for your next family golf holiday and with La Manga Golf Club just a short shuttle away you are never far from the facilities you would want for your ideal golf holiday.La-Cala

Another property which makes the cut is the amazing La Cala Golf Resort, situated in the lovely La Cala de Mijas area. Taking into account the luxury accommodation comprising of the delightful 4* hotel and a list of great amenities, there is no question as to how it has established itself as the premier resort on the Costa del Sol. These amenities include the great bar to relax in after a round of superb golf at one of the three on-site courses, evening entertainment, gym and spa facilities, tennis courts, golf practice facilities, indoor and outdoor pools and a highly rated restaurant serving a large menu of high quality Spanish cuisine, plus much more!

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Aphrodite Hills in Paphos is a luxurious and contemporary five-star resort with deluxe apartments that boast panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea or the on-site golf course that you can enjoy from the floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the apartments and villas. The suites have the option of interconnecting rooms which are perfect for families and there is also a Kids Club and a Crèche Facility. This means that when you are wanting to relax in the spa or play a round on the golf course, your children will be well looked after and they will get the chance to enjoy some fun activities. There are many other activities and facilities that as a guest here you can make good use of and there are several bars and restaurants for you to choose from when it comes to dining options. This is a lovely resort, perfect for a family golfing holiday as there are several courses within a short distance of the hotel.

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In Turkey, we highly recommend the Gloria Golf Resort which is just a six minutes’ walk from the beach and features an on-site waterpark as well as two championship golf courses. All of the rooms are fitted with air conditioning and feature private balconies that look out onto the resort. This hotel boasts a fantastic all-inclusive option which is always great for families and there are six restaurants to choose from both buffet and a la carte options. For children, the resort offers a zoo where there are lots of supervised activities available for children of all ages so that you can enjoy a few peaceful hours away either at the spa or enjoying a round or two of golf! Whilst you are here, you can also enjoy the services and facilities of the Gloria Verde and Gloria Serenity Resorts if you fancy a change of scenery. This hotel offers high-class services and facilities to all of their guests and with there being so many activities, pools and of course, the beach available here it is the perfect destination for your next family golf break.Kristallii

 

Last, but not least, is the Kristalli Apartment Hotel which is a lovely, family-run four-star hotel in Greece. The hotel is set in the picturesque old town of Malia just a stroll away from the beach. The accommodation is modern and spacious here with a private balcony or terrace, a kitchenette and satellite TV. You can relax by the pool or take a stroll down to the beach or into town very easily here. Just ten minutes’ walk away from the hotel are a wide range of different shops, restaurants and bars so you will always be able to find something that everyone would like to eat! This is a lovely destination for your next family golf holiday with the superb Crete Golf Club just 15 minutes’ drive away from the hotel and a town full of culture and history just a short stroll away.

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s guide to the top resorts for your next family golf holiday and that you will take a closer look at anything that has taken your fancy and start preparing fully for Summer 2017…

 

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Our Guide to the Best Tours of the UK

This week’s blog is an insight into the new UK golf tour packages that are currently being put together to give you the opportunity to stay in a fabulous hotel and  to play several golf courses nearby to get the most out of your golf break. With January finally over it is time to start planning for when the weather will get that bit better and you will get to go back to playing rounds of superb golf in the UK.  There is no better way to embrace the springtime weather and the courses that the UK has to offer you than by booking a tour…

 

Our Bournemouth tour offers you two nights at the stunning four-star Hallmark West Cliff which boasts an ideal location being just 10 minutes from the town centre and eight minutes from the beautiful beach. Whilst here, besides enjoying the fantastic golf that is on offer, you can enjoy the extensive leisure facilities from the heated pool and gym to the spa facility. Although use of the spa facility requires a small additional charge it is definitely worth it to get the full enjoyment and relaxation out of your golf break. Being such a short journey into the town centre you have unlimited dining and drinking options but the brasserie restaurant at the hotel is a fantastic option if your round on the golf course has taken it out of you! This is a lovely hotel and is no surprise that it is the base for the Bournemouth tour with its fantastic facilities and even better golfing options nearby…

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The Dudsbury Golf Club’s Championship course has been the venue for several prestigious golfing events such as the BMW PGA Order of Merit Championship and the PGA Europro Tour and if you want to see why this was the course picked then there is no better opportunity than this! The course is set in a beautiful location, amongst 160 acres of Dorset countryside which just makes the round here more enjoyable. There is no doubt that the 16th hole is a feature hole where you will have to show yourself to be a good driver in order to reach the green across two lakes! For after your round, the clubhouse is a fantastic place to sit and relax whilst enjoying more views of the Stour Valley and of course, a cold drink!

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The second course for this Bournemouth tour is the Championship course at Meyrick Park which is a demanding test of golf set amongst stunning Dorset countryside. It is an undulating parkland course with many challenges even for a golfer with the lowest handicap. The opening hole is a spectacular one where your driver is over a valley to the small green which is cut out of the hill. This is a great, challenging course which always seems to be in perfect condition and it is a fantastic addition to the Bournemouth tour.

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Our second tour is the Kent Golf Coast tour where you are based at The Lodge at Princes Golf Club. The Lodge is the former clubhouse of Princes Golf Club and has been extensively renovated to provide guests with luxury accommodation and breathtaking views of the two great golf courses as well as across the Sandwich bay. The Brasserie restaurant is situated on the bay and provides a great dining experience for guests here with the use of local Kentish produce as well as an outdoor terrace to enjoy a cocktail or beer on after your meal! The Lodge is just over a 10-minutes’ drive into the medieval town of Sandwich where you can find great pubs, independent shops, art galleries and some historic churches. This is a fantastic and unique place to get the opportunity to stay and with the two golf courses so nearby it is not hard to see why this is a sure winner for your next golf break to the UK…

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Princes Golf Club is a modern championship links course set on the Kentish coast. This is a 27-hole course comprising of three loops of nine holes: Himalayas, Dunes and Shore. This course has some of the best facilities with excellent practice facilities, attentive staff and a beautiful clubhouse for you to enjoy your post-round drink in! This is a long and challenging course at over 7200 yards but there are a few different tee positions from which those with higher handicaps can tee off from, making it less of a challenge and more of a holiday course!

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The Royal St George’s Golf Club is considered to be one of the finest links courses in England and has been selected to be the venue for The Open Championship no less than 14 times. This course requires accuracy and concentration if you are to score even close to your handicap due to the many blind shots that you will be required to take and bunkers that you have to avoid! This is a fantastic course and although can be a challenge for golfers of all abilities, it has some very interesting holes and scenery – the 4th on the Himalayas loop will definitely not disappoint! To round off the Kent Coast tour this course is perfect.

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These are just two of the fabulous UK golf tours and with more based in Norfolk, Northern Ireland and Oxford (just to name a few!) there is definitely something for everyone and in the unlikely case that there isn’t something perfect for you there are several other destinations that can be discussed just by picking up the phone…

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We hope that you enjoyed learning about our new UK golf tours and that you will consider them when you just need a few nights away to a lovely hotel to play some superb golf not too far from home or perhaps across the country!

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Our Top 6 Guide to the Best Facilities in Europe

This week’s blog is a guide to the six golf courses that have the best facilities in Europe. Whether you are planning your next golf escape based on a few superb golf courses you want to play or you want to know where to get to experience the best facilities in Europe this is a guide to help you out in both of those areas…

 

First up, we have the PGA Catalunya resort which boasts two superb courses – the Stadium and the Tour course. The Stadium course is considered to be one of the best courses in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. It is a long and hilly course with some very challenging holes but with five different sets of tees it is playable by golfers of all handicaps. The Tour course is slightly easier than the Stadium course but is still a challenge for golfers of all levels with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. There are many practice facilities here from the large natural grace practice tee to a 2,000 square-metre putting green and chipping area to the upgraded driving range with four greens, each surfaced with different grass! The resort also boasts a stunning clubhouse which has the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and enjoying a cold beverage after a fabulous round of golf on one of the courses.

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The Belas golf course in Lisbon is a beautiful and hilly course that offers you fabulous views of the Sintra hills as well as the nature reserve. This course is definitely one to hire a buggy for otherwise your golf as well as your legs may suffer! The Golf Academy here is one of the most well-known in the Lisbon region and has impressive training areas including two short game areas and two putting greens. The course also boasts its own lovely clubhouse where you can relax and enjoy views out onto the course whilst sipping on a cold drink or enjoying a good meal. This is a beautiful, well-kept course with some first-class facilities and is not one to be missed out on!

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Next up we have the Sueno courses in Belek, Turkey. The resort boasts two great courses, the Pines and the Dunes course which are great holiday courses to play and are always kept in perfect condition. The Dunes course is the shorter and easier of the two courses but still has some spectacular views and an interesting layout for players of all abilities to enjoy! The Pines course is a long and challenging course at 6,434 metres from the back tees with some strategically positioned bunkers and water hazards along the way! Both of the courses here will provide you with a great round of golf and a drink in the Birdie Bar afterwards is definitely not to be passed up on!

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Lumine Golf Club features two fabulous golf courses, the Lakes and the Hills courses. These are both very different courses but offer the same high quality round of golf and facilities that come with the round. The Lakes course offers some simply breathtaking views of the Sèquia Major wetland area but is a challenge with water hazards appearing on 14 holes which means that accuracy is key if you hope to score near to your handicap on this course! The Hills course boasts stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea as well as a tricky round of golf! Just like its sister course, there are many strategically placed hazards but on the Hills course they are bunkers rather than lakes, these hazards combined with the length of the course make this a challenging but fun round. At the golf club, there is a putting green, a chipping green and a driving range for you to make use of before your round if you are feeling a little rusty and not ready to take on these challenging courses!

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The Albatross Golf Resort, just outside the city of Prague is another fabulous course with great facilities. The course is set 420 metres above sea level which means that it has its own micro-climate and boasts the longest golf season in Europe. It is a truly stunning course with water hazards and sand bunkers just adding to the beautiful design of the course. At the resort, there are some of the highest class facilities available with a world-class golf academy as well as an updated driving range and an extensive short game practise area. The resort also boasts a superb clubhouse where you can enjoy a cold drink or a delicious meal after a round on this impressively designed course. This is another top-class course and a round here is certainly not to be missed out on.

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Last, but not least is the Amendoeira Golf Resort which boasts two stunning courses, the Oceanico O’Connor and the Oceanico Faldo. The Oceanico O’Connor course is heavily dominated by water hazards which makes it a tricky round where you will have to play accurately in order to achieve a scorecard that reflects your handicap which is similar to the Oceanico Faldo course as there are many holes that require you to think about your shots carefully before teeing off! There are also some great practise facilities here and the clubhouse is very luxurious with spacious changing rooms and lounge areas as well as a great restaurant and bar area for you to enjoy after your round!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and it has provoked thoughts of your next golf break to Europe and which courses you are going to aim to play!

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The Insider’s guide to Mauritius – Part 2

This week’s blog is the second instalment to our guide to Mauritius. Mauritius is an up and coming country for golfers with its beautiful white sandy beaches, beautiful resort and superb golf courses. Part one focused on the great hotels and courses you can find on the East Coast here and this will inform you of the gems that you can find on the South Coast.

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First up we have the Heritage Awali which is a stunning five-star beach resort surrounded by tropical gardens, swimming pools and the beach. The rooms all feature ethnic décor and a flat-screen TV as well as a private terrace or patio to enjoy the surroundings and warm weather. This hotel, like many others in Mauritius are all-inclusive and feature several restaurants and bars where you can experience everything from traditional Mauritian dishes to other international cuisines. If you are less into golf and more into relaxation then you will not be disappointed with the Seven Colours Spa where you can enjoy a wide range of different treatments. Besides relaxing by the many pool areas or on the beach there are also a range of different activities available including windsurfing and water-skiing. This is a stunning resort and is definitely one to take a look at when you are planning your next golf break to Mauritius.

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Just two minutes’ walk from the beach and set amongst tropical gardens with a beautiful 18-hole golf course on-site is the five-star Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort. This hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and it isn’t hard to see why. There is so much to do here from tennis courts, to the fitness and wellness centre to the watersports. The rooms here are beautifully decorated with an elegant theme each with a flat-screen TV and the facilities you would expect from a hotel of this standard. The hotel boasts two superb restaurants where you can either enjoy Mediterranean barbecues by the swimming pool or Pan-Asian cuisine down on the beach at Gin’ja restaurant. Not only can you experience the ambience of a small, elegant hotel when staying here but you can have access to the restaurants at the neighbouring Heritage Awali. This is another beautiful Heritage hotel on the South Coast and is perfect for your next relaxing golf holiday to Mauritius.

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Both of the Heritage hotels have access to the stunning Heritage Golf Course & Club which is a superb 18-hole championship golf course which boasts spectacular surroundings of rolling mountains on one side of the fairways and a lagoon on the other. This course is known for its wide fairways and sizeable putting surfaces but many of which require you to reach them with a blind shot! This is a great holiday course as with five different tee positions it is a challenge for experienced golfers but can be enjoyed by casual golfers too! The course is always in immaculate condition and has a wide variety of holes which are both testing and have beautiful views from them – a great course all-round.

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Last, but not least is Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa which is a lovely five-star resort surrounded by palm trees and white sandy beaches located on Mauritius’ Morne Peninsula. The rooms here are decorated with natural tones and all have free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV as well as spectacular views of the Indian Ocean from private balconies off of the rooms. This hotel offers a bed and breakfast option which means that you get to experience the delicious breakfast buffet at the Le Brabant restaurant and then choose which of the other three restaurants you want to dine in each evening. La Palma serves Italian dishes, Blue Marlin is a delicious seafood restaurant and La Ravanne serves traditional Creole specialities. The hotel offers guests so many areas to enjoy from the large pool area, the beach is just a stone’s throw-away and there are watersports available there including windsurfing, snorkelling and diving. This is a brilliant, lively hotel with all the facilities and activities available that you would expect from a five-star resort and you will definitely not be disappointed with a holiday here!

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Paradis Golf Club is a great 18-hole course on-site of the Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa. The course boasts a spectacular location nestled between the stunning Morne Mountains and the shores of the Indian Ocean. The front nine holes are rather narrow and the back nine feature water hazards on almost every hole making it a challenge even for the most confident of golfers. The views along the back nine holes are simply breathtaking as the course sweeps out and back along the coast before turning back towards the clubhouse. This gem of a course will give you a testing but consistent round of golf with some views that you could only experience on the exotic island of Mauritius.

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We hope that you have enjoyed both of the blogs on Mauritius and the gems that await you there both in terms of luxury resorts and superb golf courses. With January dragging on it is hard to even think about when we will get to experience some warm, sunny weather here in the UK and one sure way to take your mind off the January blues is to book your next golf escape to Mauritius…

 

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What to Choose as a Golfer…Semi All-Inclusive or Breakfast Only?

When you are planning your next golf break the main thing to think about (besides your destination!) is what board type you are looking for to get the most out of the holiday. With most days of the holiday being dedicated to exploring and playing the local golf courses it is often the easiest option to enjoy lunch at a beautiful clubhouse to soak up the surroundings of the course you have just played. Alternatively, returning to the hotel’s restaurant or even venturing into a nearby town is a fantastic option but all of these are things to consider when you are choosing the hotel and board type best for your holiday…

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Most golfers enjoy the bed and breakfast board option offered at many superb hotels which are close to towns with plenty of restaurants and bars in but there is also the semi-inclusive option which includes everything apart from lunch. This blog is going to explore some of the options you have for bed and breakfast or semi-all-inclusive options in the Lisbon region…

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Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is a fantastic five-star resort which offers a superb bed and breakfast board option and has everything on-site that you could possibly want or need for your next golf break including an 18-hole championship golf course. the guestrooms are elegantly decorated and each feature a private balcony which boasts views of the ocean or the Praia d’el Rey course. The resort also boasts three lovely restaurants which serve a range of gourmet dishes both in the buffet and the a la carte restaurants. Just a 15-minute drive away from the resort are the towns of Obidos and Peniche where you can find a wide range of different restaurants and bars – a fantastic town to have in such close proximity. Besides from the fantastic golf on offer, the resort has a well-equipped health club and gym as well as a Turkish bath, a hot tub, an outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool. This is a beautiful hotel with so many top-class facilities and one of the best golf courses in the area on-site – a must visit on your next golf break to the Lisbon region.

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The four-star Sana Sesimbra Hotel is situated right in the heart of the town of Sesimbra and is just a stones throw away from the golden, sandy beach. This hotel boasts an ideal location with a number of superb golf courses just a short drive away as well as the city centre just being a five minutes’ walk from the doors to the hotel. The guestrooms in the hotel are decorated with a chic and modern theme and the rooms with sea views have balconies from which you will get to enjoy breathtaking views over the Atlantic. With the city centre so close and the seafront promenade right outside, you will never be short of somewhere to  have a fantastic meal or a cold beverage which makes the bed and breakfast board option very appealing so that you can experience some of what Sesimbra truly has to offer! During the day, whilst you are not playing on one of the renowned golf courses in the area then you can enjoy the roof-top hot tub or the indoor and outdoor pool areas and if you are into culture and history then taking a walk into the city centre will certainly not disappoint. This is another excellent option for your next golf holiday to Portugal where you can enjoy fantastic golf in a beautiful hotel in a perfect location.

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Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort & Spa is a five-star hotel set amongst the Portuguese countryside, vineyards and beautiful villages. The hotel is just a 30-minutes’ drive from Lisbon and less to several Atlantic beaches including Peniche and Santa Cruz. The guestrooms are individually decorated and boast either courtyard or golf views and are fully-fitted with the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Not only is there a superb golf course on site – Campo Real – but the Royal Obidos course is within a short drive away from the hotel. Besides the golf, there is plenty to do at the hotel including football pitches and tennis courts as well as an extensive spa for you to enjoy a range of treatments at and you can spend the days lounging by the pools whilst not taking part in the many activities available. The hotel’s semi-all-inclusive option allows you to enjoy breakfast, dinner and free drinks between certain hours so you can enjoy the hotel’s superb restaurant choices as well as the two bars without feeling guilty! This lovely hotel is definitely one to consider when you are planning your next golf break to Lisbon…

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Last, but certainly not least, is the lovely five-star Bom Sucesso Resort just a 15-minute drive from Obidos. All of the villas have private furnished patios and are elegantly decorated with spacious living areas and kitchens. On the resort, there is the fantastic 18-hole Bom Sucesso course but there are several other top courses in close proximity of the resort so they are all easily accessible. The semi-all-inclusive package is fantastic value here as their restaurant serves fantastic international dishes and you can even enjoy meals at the golf clubhouse. With so much to do at the resort from tennis courts to the driving range to the beautiful outdoor pool area as well as so many fantastic golf courses being on offer to play in the area, there is no reason that this resort should not be at the top of your list for your next golf holiday to the Obidos area.

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that your next golf break will be to somewhere perfect for you! Get rid of your January blues and book your next golf break today…

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Guide to the New Properties Available at golf-escapes.com

For the first week of the New Year, this week’s blog is on some of the best new hotels that are now ready and available for you to book through us! As 2017 is now upon us, it is certainly time to start thinking about where and when your next golf break to the sun is and there is no better way to start than by taking a closer look at some of the beautiful hotels that are on offer to you…

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First up we have the five-star Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel situated in Majorca. Not only is this a beautiful hotel which is elegantly decorated with each room having large French windows and a satellite TV but whilst staying here you have easy access to three great 18-hole golf courses! Not only is there easy access to these courses but you get preferential tee-times at these courses to make your holiday even more enjoyable. Whilst you are not on the golf course there are three swimming pools, tennis courts and a beach volleyball court to enjoy. If the facilities at the hotel and the golf isn’t enough to preoccupy you then just 10-minutes’ drive will take you to the sandy beaches of Mallorca! Es Carbo is the hotel’s own restaurant and features stunning views across the Son Vida golf course or if you prefer a lighter tapas meal then the poolside restaurant is another superb location for you to enjoy your meal! This is a stunning hotel with some fantastic golf and other facilities which is perfect for your next golf holiday to Mallorca.

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Next up is the four-star, all-inclusive resort of Elba Carlota which boasts a prime location within Fuerteventura Golf Club and just three-minutes’ walk from the beach. There is certainly not a shortage of things to do here with a casino, spa and sports facilities including a gym and a hot tub, the beach within such close proximity and an outdoor swimming pool! Of course, being situated within Fuerteventura Golf Club means that you have a brilliant golf course just a few minutes’ walk away but guests also play at Salinas de Antigua when staying here which is another fantastic course. When staying here, the resort offers you three dining options: Tindaya buffet restaurant, El Arrecife Restaurant which serves a range of tapas dishes and the Chiringuito Restaurant and Bar which serves delicious seafood. This is another superb hotel with high-class facilities and some spectacular golf – perfect for your next relaxing golf break.

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Situated on the Costa del Sol and on the beachfront of Playamar in Torremolinos is the four-star Sol Principe hotel. All of the rooms in the hotel have their own private balcony where you can enjoy views of either the sea or the pools. This is a beautiful all-inclusive hotel with the hotel’s main restaurant boasting buffet-style food of different cuisines of the highest quality and a lovely outdoor terrace on which to enjoy the food on! During the summer season, you can also enjoy a second buffet restaurant by the pool. With two huge, lagoon-style pools as well as a fitness centre with an indoor pool there are many places around the hotel for you to relax in and truly enjoy your holiday. For entertainment, there are nightly shows as well as a kids’ club if you are making this a family trip! Sol Principe is a lovely, all-inclusive resort and perfect for your next golf holiday with or without the family!

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Also on the Costa del Sol is the H10 Estepona Palace which boasts a fantastic location as it has direct access to the beach and is just over a mile from the centre of Estepona. All of the bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi, a satellite TV, a minibar and a private balcony or terrace where you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. The hotel features three outdoor pools, two for adults and one for children, one of the adult’s pools is heated during the winter months. Alongside the outdoor pools, there is also the Despacio spa where you will find a Turkish bath, an indoor pool and a fitness centre to enjoy. This hotel is perfect for your next all-inclusive golf break to the Costa del Sol!

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Yet another superb property on the Costa del Sol is Hotel Melia Marbella Banus which is just three-minutes’ walk from the beach and if that isn’t enough then there are also three outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts as well as a charming spa area which features a Turkish Bath, a sauna and a Jacuzzi as well as an indoor pool. Each of the rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished and all have their own private balcony for you to enjoy the views of the surroundings of the hotel from. There are two superb restaurants on the property which serve a range of different cuisines to suit everyone and for after dinner or post-round of golf there are two lovely bar areas for you to sit in and enjoy a few drinks! With all of the hotel’s facilities and no less than five superb golf courses within close proximity of the hotel it is no surprise that this is one we highly recommend for your next golf holiday to Spain!

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Last, but not least, is the four-star H10 Salou Princess Hotel on the Costa Dorada. This hotel boasts a fantastic location as it is situated right in the heart of the bustling town of Salou and is just four-minutes’ walk from the beach! The hotel is set out around the large outdoor swimming pool and terrace area where you can relax and soak up some of the sun that we rarely see in the UK! The hotel also offers a gym as well as a spa including a Jacuzzi and a sauna. As you are situated in the centre of town there are many dining and drinking options but the hotel’s restaurant – El Tarraco – is a lovely option where you can enjoy a range of Mediterranean dishes and some great show cooking! As far as bars go, you won’t ever be short of somewhere to grab a drink with the hotel’s three bars as well as the ones you will find in town! This hotel is a superb option for your next golf break to Spain where you can enjoy relaxing on the beach or around the pool whilst getting the chance to play some excellent golf and enjoy some great food and drink – all in a great location!

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We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and it has sparked off some thoughts for where your next golf break could take you…

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Happy New Year from all of us at Golf Escapes and we hope that you have a good year full of plenty of great golf!

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Golf With an Air of Sophistication

This week’s blog is on some of the most sophisticated resorts that we offer and recommend. When planning your next golf break it is important to understand what you want from the holiday and if sophistication is one then we have some superb resorts to recommend to you which we are sure won’t leave you disappointed…

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The Titanic Deluxe in Belek is a fabulous, practically brand new, five-star all-inclusive resort. The resort features countless facilities and activities from the nine outdoor pools to the aqua park to the extensive spa and the outdoor sports courts and pitches. All of the rooms are decorated with a modern theme and feature an LED TV, air-conditioning as well as a minibar. The rooms also all feature their own private balcony with views of the gardens or the river. This hotel is not situated directly on the beach but guests can take the boat down the Besgoz River right to a stretch of beach 1km long which is exclusive to guests here at the Titanic Deluxe. When it comes to eating a drinking you will be spoilt for choice with a buffet restaurant as well as four a la carte restaurants serving different cuisines from Italian to Turkish to seafood dishes. There are also 14 bars for you to choose from when you are thinking about where to enjoy your post-round beverage! This is a fantastic resort for your next sophisticated golf break as everything here is of the highest standard – including the service and the golf!

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For keen golfers, the Titanic Golf Club just will certainly not disappoint, there are three loops of nine holes here so you can work out which 18-hole course you want to take on. Water comes into play on almost half of the holes across the whole course which can make it a little tricky for those who have a slightly higher handicap. This is a superb holiday course with each route of nine holes having something unique to offer – whether it’s playing along the beach with stunning views of the Mediterranean or enjoying the inland loops with equally breathtaking views of the Taurus mountains.

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The Verdura Resort in Sicily is another stunning five-star resort. The resort is set amongst 230 hectares of classic Sicilian countryside and olive groves and offers guests access to the private beach as well as to the infinity pool. This resort is the definition of sophistication with extensive spa facilities including thalassotherapy pools, lovely treatment rooms and a hot tub. The resort also boasts two fantastic 18-hole championship golf courses which are a great test of golf and if you’re looking to stay active, besides the golf there is also the fully-equipped gym and a running trail through lemon trees to enjoy! The rooms are all fitted to the highest standard with king-size beds and balconies with beautiful views across the resort’s surroundings. This is another fabulous option for your next golf holiday with style!

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If you’re looking for somewhere quieter then Hotel Las Madrigueras in Tenerife is a perfect little five-star hotel set within the Las Americas golf course. From the hotel you can enjoy breathtaking views of the golf course, the Atlantic and La Gomera whilst sipping on a cold drink! You will enjoy a few rounds at Golf Las Americas which is a great course, suitable for those of all abilities but definitely a little challenging for all with the water and sand hazards as well as the fast, undulating greens! If you are more into relaxation (or relaxation as well as golf!) then you won’t be disappointed with the lovely outdoor pool area and the spa which features a hot tube, a Turkish bath, a sauna as well as an extensive treatment menu. This is another superb hotel perfect for a sophisticated golf break away!

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Hotel Camiral at the PGA Catalunya Resort is next up on our list of suggestions. This is a stylish and modern hotel just a five-minutes’ drive from the lovely town of Caldes de Malavella. There is an a la carte restaurant on site but you can also enjoy the piano bar and pub as well as drinks on the terrace during the summer months. The hotel boasts a lovely outdoor pool as well as extensive spa facilities that you can enjoy at your leisure whilst staying here. The PGA Catalunya courses are just a five-minutes’ walk away and it is no surprise that these are two of the most popular courses in Europe – staying here means that you get to see why! This hotel is a beautifully decorated one and all of the rooms are decorated with warm colours and feature elegant bathrooms. This is a beautiful hotel where you can enjoy stunning surroundings, great golf and high-class facilities.

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Last, but not least, is Costa Navarino which is a beautiful five-star hotel located in Greece. This resort is popular with both golfers and non-golfers due to its extensive facilities, superb golf and other activities on offer as well as its stunning surroundings. The hotel is just five-minutes’ walk from the golden, sandy beach but there are also stunning outdoor pool areas for you to relax around as well as the beach. You will never be short of somewhere relaxing to eat or drink with there being so many different restaurants and bars in great locations around the hotel for you to enjoy. If golf is less your thing then there is the Anazoe Spa which features an indoor spa as well as a long treatment menu for you to pick from! Golfers can indulge at the on-site Dunes course which has a links feel to it but you find your way navigating around Greek countryside which gives a great setting to the course. It is no surprise that Costa Navarino made it onto our list for the best hotels for a golf holiday with added sophistication!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and you have seen the high-class service and facilities that could be awaiting you if you book one of these resort for your next golf holiday perhaps for the fast-approaching 2017!

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Golf in England with Golf Escapes – Part 2

This week’s blog is the second part to our U.K golfing blog. Although the last few weeks have definitely been a little chillier than we are used to with the weather having been so mild all last winter and this autumn but on the whole the weather has been much warmer through the low-season months. This is great news for golf here as the courses stay in better condition for longer and you get to play the fantastic courses here for low-season rates but whilst playing in mid-season weather!

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Tours in England and Ireland have become much more popular and we are constantly getting out to explore the hidden gems around the country looking for all the best golf courses that you can then book to play!

 

A key tip if you’re looking to book your next golf tour in the U.K is definitely to book early, big groups book their tee times very far in advance so to get the good ones you definitely have to get in there quickly!

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In this blog, we have a few different fantastic resorts and a few different great golf courses that you should definitely consider looking into when planning your next golf break in England or Ireland…

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First up we have the Dorset Golf & Country Club which is situated in a stunning, tranquil setting in the midst of a pine forest. This is a lovely resort and offers not only a lovely 16-bedroom hotel which is perfect for smaller groups but also some superb log cabins which sleep up to eight people in them. The log cabins are fully furnished and each have a fully-fitted kitchen so you have the option of self-catering very easily when staying here! The resort boasts a range of different facilities (aside for the magnificent golf course!) from fishing lakes to a fitness centre and sauna as well as an indoor championship bowls rink. There is plenty to do and see here but of course the highlight of the resort is the 27 holes of championship golf that are on-site. The Championship Course consists of three different loops of nine holes so you will be able to mix and match them to play the course you want to play. This is a beautiful location for your next golf break to Dorset and the golf here is not to be missed out on!

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Hotel Old Thorns is a four-star luxury hotel set in the rolling hills of the Hampshire countryside and has no fewer than nine different options for accommodation! All of the rooms feature lovely ensuite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also several options for dining from the casual sports bar to the luxurious King’s Restaurant where you can get a fantastic carvery! The Championship Course here is a great course for golfers of all abilities and will test even those with the lowest handicaps whilst not seeming too harsh for those with a higher handicap! This is a great holiday course to play and if there are members of the group less interested in golf then they can enjoy the beautiful spa at the hotel where they can get a range of different treatments and enjoy the facilities there. This hotel is in such an idyllic location and is something very special – one to consider for your next golf break in England!

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Set in the Norfolk countryside is the four-star Barnham Broom Hotel. The bedrooms have been recently refurbished and decorated to the highest standard with a contemporary theme. Just like the other hotels, there are different room types to suit each and every person but each are fully-fitted with all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this rating and you are sure to enjoy your stay here. There is a lovely spa for guests to enjoy a whole range of different treatments from massages to facials to reflexology. For the keen golfers, onsite there are not one but two stunning Championship courses for you to enjoy here. This another superb option for your next golf holiday in England and with so much to do onsite and the accommodation being so lovely there is no reason to wait another minute to book your next golf break!

 

Next up we have three different courses which are well worth a play even if you don’t choose to stay in a resort nearby…

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East Brighton Golf Club is a beautiful downland course with some spectacular coastal views. The great thing about this course is that it is normally open for play all-year-round because it is built on chalk it rarely suffers from the poor weather conditions here that we sometimes get in England. The course is a genuine test of golf for those of all abilities and is known for being a fair round of golf to play! It is just a five minutes’ drive from the centre of Brighton where there is so much to do and see you will definitely want to stay and play here!

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The Old Course at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club is a very old course but is still consistently ranked as one of the top 100 courses on the British Isles. Although you may feel settled by the fact that the course doesn’t have a single bunker to catch your errant shots, it is still known for being a true test of golf for even those with the lowest handicaps! Along the course there are some beautiful views across Sussex, Surrey and Kent and its location is simply stunning as well. This is a great course to play even if you are not planning on staying!

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In Ireland, the Ring of Kerry course is set amongst lakes and mountains to produce a simply stunning course and a testament to that is its placing as one of the top in the province. It’s a stunning parkland course with exhilarating elevation changes and water coming into play on many of the holes. This course features a great variety of different holes and after you have enjoyed a round here you will not be questioning why this is rated as one of the best courses in the country.

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We hope that you enjoyed this blog and are now considering which of these fantastic resorts or courses to base your next golf holiday in the UK around…

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The Insider’s Guide to Mauritius

This week’s blog is a guide to Mauritius. Mauritius is a beautiful a stunning country in the Indian Ocean where you can enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery, beaches and golf resorts. With practically year-round good weather, so much to do, see and enjoy as well as some of the most beautiful beaches that you will ever get to experience, this is definitely a place you must consider when you are planning your next golf escape…

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First up, on the East Coast we have the Constance Belle Mare Plage which is a stunning resort stretching over 1.2 miles of private beach. The rooms are all spacious and elegantly decorated with separate living areas and a satellite TV, some of the rooms overlook private pools and the Indian Ocean. There are seven different restaurants for you to choose from when you are staying here, some are internationally themed a la carte and the others are buffet restaurants but all boast incredible views either over the Indian Ocean, the golf course or the pool area. There resort also boasts six bars so you will certainly never be short of somewhere to get a refreshing drink after a tough round of golf! If you are less into golf but more into relaxation then you can enjoy the spa area, relax by one of the four swimming pools or spend the day sunbathing on the private stretch of golden sand. If you are considering a family holiday here, then there is also a kid’s club for the little ones to enjoy and there is the opportunity for excursions from the hotel to take part in different activities from watersports to tennis.

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When you are staying at the Constance Belle Mare Plage you will inevitably play the Legend Golf Course and the Links Golf Course. The Legend Golf Course is laid out in the centre of a tropical forest and has 18 very different holes for you to enjoy. Although water hazards threaten you on most of the holes, the fairways are fairly wide and forgiving which makes this a beautiful holiday course. The toughest hole on this course is the par-4 5th hole where you need to avoid water in order to get your ball onto the green.

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The Links Golf Course is a magnificent course set in natural surroundings with the fairways rolling over natural terrain in a links style. When the strong sea breeze is in play along with the various water hazards along the course this can test any golfer to score close to their handicap. This is a beautifully picturesque course with even the clubhouse featuring stunning views of the surroundings. This is another great championship course to top off the fabulous resort and sister course you can enjoy here!

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Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa is another superb five-star resort on the East Coast. The resort is located along the white-sand beaches of Trou d’Eau Douce Bay and is set amongst tropical gardens. All of the rooms and suites are decorated in with a traditional Mauritian theme and each boast their own private balcony from which you can enjoy stunning views of the Indian Ocean. You can enjoy the spa and wellness centre whilst you are not out playing a round of golf or relaxing by the outdoor pool or on the beach, at the spa centre you can enjoy a range of different treatments as well as the sauna, hot-tub and steam room. This hotel also features a range of different dining options from a fabulous fish restaurant to an Indian restaurant to a trendy beach grill restaurant! Whilst here you will never be short of anything to do as there are a range of activities to enjoy down on the beach like watersports as well as the on-site golf course and the gym. This is another fantastic resort perfect for your next golf break to Mauritius…

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Last, but certainly not least, is the Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort which is another five-star resort situated on the East Coast. All of the rooms are spacious and decorated with a contemporary theme, they also each boast their own private balconies where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. There are three outdoor pools, the stretch of private beach and a sun terrace for guests to relax on and around and for further relaxation you can enjoy a range of different treatments at the spa. Although there is not a golf course on-site, you are just 20-minutes’ drive from Il Aux Cerfs Golf Club and there is often the option of getting complimentary shuttles from the hotel. Like most of the hotels here, there are many different restaurants for you to choose from where you can enjoy all cuisines from traditional Mauritian dishes to international cuisines – there certainly is something for everyone! This resort is a beautiful  one for your next golf holiday to Mauritius and with so many activities on-site as well as the stunning golf nearby it isn’t hard to see why…

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Whilst staying at these last two resorts you can expect to enjoy a round or two at Il Aux Cerfs Golf Course which features 18-holes all set out across a sugar plantation. The setting and surroundings of this course are simply breathtaking, with white sandy beaches lining the fairways as well as fairways that wind through lush mangrove forests, over volcanic lava outcrops and past tidal pools to reach the final 18th hole. This is a tight course but with some of the most stunning views from a course that you will ever get to experience – definitely one not to miss out on!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and with the weather just getting colder and colder start to consider where and when you are going to get your next fix of the sun and some well-needed vitamin D!

 

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The Best Resorts for Groups

This week’s blog is a guide to the best resorts for your next group golf holiday. When you’re planning a group golf holiday you have to make sure there is some fantastic golf, great bars and excellent restaurants for you to enjoy during the holiday. Spring is a perfect time to go on your next group golf break where you can enjoy the bright and dry weather that England rarely offers us at that time of year!

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Voyage Belek Golf & Spa is arguably one of the best resorts for groups and with Turkey’s climate you are almost guaranteed some fantastic weather from April through to October! This 5-star, all-inclusive resort offers everything you could need for a fantastic group holiday from the spa to the private beach to the fact that you can play two superb nearby courses – Montgomerie Maxx Royal and Titanic Golf Club. The resort boasts a wide range of different eating a drinking options with eight restaurants serving specialities from Mexican to Japanese to traditional Turkish dishes. There are also nine bars for you to all relax in after 18-holes on one of the golf courses or just if you fancy a few after dinner drinks! All of the rooms are beautifully furnished with a flat-screen TV each as well as private balconies for you to enjoy stunning views across the Mediterranean Sea or the golf course. The Voyage is a great resort for your next group golf break because of everything it has to offer in terms of a range of facilities, activities and the golf in the surrounding area is fantastic. With all of this as well as a great spa area and five swimming pools you cannot deny that this is a perfect destination for your next golf holiday as there truly is something for everyone!

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The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course has a fantastic layout making it one of the most popular courses in the Belek region. It’s a fantastic course with water featuring heavily throughout the round making it a tricky one! The 18th is certainly something to look forward to on this course as you will require accuracy in your shot to get to the well-protected green at the end. This course is a scenic one with wide fairways meandering through forests of pine and eucalyptus trees and is certainly one not to be missed. Voyage guests get prime tee times and discounted green fees at this course and if that doesn’t seal the deal for you then nothing will!

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Titanic Golf Club is another beautiful course that you can play when staying at the Voyage and has 27 great holes for you to play. This course has a real mixture of holes from beachside ones to parkland to links style holes! This is a lovely course to play and can be a real test of ability!

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Another great resort for your group golfing holiday is the Tivoli Marina Portimão which is situated on the Algarve. This stunning 4-star hotel is situated in the centre of the marina in Portimão just three-minutes’ walk from the beach and five-minutes’ from Praia de Rocha. There are three fantastic courses within close proximity to the hotel – Alamos, Morgado and Salgados – so you will never be short of somewhere to have a good round of golf! Each of the studio apartments that you can stay in feature a kitchenette so it is possible to do a little self-catering if you don’t want to venture out for dinner or to one of the hotel’s two restaurants. If there are some of the group less into golf, then they can enjoy being in such a central location or just use the hotel’s swimming pools and fitness rooms whilst the others are golfing!

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Also situated on the Algarve is the Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa which is another resort to consider when you are thinking about your next group golfing holiday. This resort boasts an ideal location as it is so close to the centre of Albufeira which is well known for its busy nightlife and wide range of restaurants and bars. The hotel’s rooms are all spacious and fully-fitted with everything you would expect from a hotel of this standard and there is also a spa and health club for those of the group who may not want to go on all the golfing excursions! With all of this and the fact that there are several golf courses within close proximity of the hotel this definitely is a resort we recommend for the perfect group golf break.

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Hotel Melia Villaitana is a 4-star hotel situated just 20 minutes from Alicante and just between two fabulous golf courses. The hotel offers a wonderful spa area, outdoor swimming pools and an artificial beach all for guests to enjoy at their leisure. The hotel is designed to replicate an old Mediterranean village and all of the rooms have private balconies or terraces as well as a satellite TV. There are a range of restaurants for you to enjoy at the hotel but Alicante is a short drive away where you can find more restaurants, bars and nightlife to enjoy! The Villaitana courses are simply stunning and will provide great rounds for guests at the hotel. This is another fantastic option for your next group golf holiday to Spain and although you can venture out to get the nightlife and bars the actual hotel is a little quieter and more exclusive than other busier resorts.

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Mar Menor Golf Resort boasts some beautiful and well-appointed apartments which are perfect for when you are travelling as a group here. They are all spacious with well-equipped kitchens and either a private balcony or terrace for you to relax out on. The Residences give you that option of self-catering which can be great for when you are travelling as a group rather than eating out all the time but there are plenty of options for food and drink nearby as well! This is a great destination for your next golf break as there are a wide range of different courses within such close proximity of the hotel as well as the well-known Mar Menor course on-site!

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We hope that this week’s blog has encouraged you to think about your next group golf holiday that you will be taking, perhaps even in Spring 2017! There are plenty of fantastic options available and some of the best resorts are perfect for group golf holidays.

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